Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.
The Ottawa Senators have had their share of star players, a task that has been shouldered by several players over different periods of time. On the other hand, one player has handled the physical side of things for the Senators for quite some time, that player being Chris Neil.
Neil was drafted by the Senators 161st overall in the ’98 Entry Draft, but did not make his stake in the NHL until the ’01-’02 season. Since breaking into the league he has made more of an impact with his shoulder and fists than with his stick.
In 731 games played Neil has only scored 90 goals and recorded 200 points. Where Neil exceeds is the gritty aspects of the game, which has contributed to his 1,861 PIMS over the span of those games.
A physical game much like what was unleashed on Clayton Stoner of the Minnesota Wild. (Video after the jump)
Stoner never had a chance on this hit. Stoner came around the net unaware he was on the train tracks. Neil, coming around the other side of the net, had Stoner locked in his sights and did not disappoint. This hit is a lot like the Wild's season, everything seemed to be going smooth until, boom! They are in last place.